Daily Prayer for Peace
Guidelines and Samples for Submission
The Prayer for Peace is the centerpiece of the Daily Prayer for Peace service. Approximately 1½-3 minutes long, the prayer catches up the yearning of the gathered community for wholeness in relationships between humanity, creation, and the Creator.
The prayer may be written in prose or it may be poetry.
It should not include a specific country but be universal.
Please use inclusive language.
Be aware that while we are a Christian denomination sponsoring this prayer, the desire for peace is universal.
Prayers are attributed to their authors. Prayers submitted become the property of Community of Christ.
O Lord, let us sense peace in the beauty of our worship.
Let us speak peace in our interpersonal relationships.
Let us hear peace in the midst of confusion.
Let us feel peace when we are touched by your Holy Spirit.
Let us hope for peace in the seas of hopelessness.
Let us sue for peace in the humane treatment of our little ones.
Let us respect peace in the wise lives of our elders.
Let us affirm peace as we accept the struggles of our youth.
Let us honor peace by being ethical persons in all walks of life.
Lord, let us follow peace to whatever person, situation or cross it leads us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we pray. Amen.
by Ray Hogue, Joplin, MO
We confess to times of insensitivity, ignorance, judgment, indifference, hatred and greed. Help us tear down the walls that separate us from each other. Lord, let us see you in the faces of our brothers and sisters. Let us hear the cries of the frightened.
Living on every continent are those who are oppressed, hungry, and heavy laden. As we merge in your love, help us unfold the red bud of passion as we become a people of compassion. Let us keep the Lamp of Life burning. Free us from our own limitations that we might free others. Renew in us your Spirit, that we might be faithful to each other in your love.
Together we can build your community, in our hearts, with our minds, words, and deeds. May our hands join, our minds unite, and our hearts beat as one.
This is our prayer of peace. We lay it at your feet that it may be acceptable and we all might be healed in your love.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
by Sheryl Holstein, Roswell, Georgia
We call you many names—
and sometimes we forget we are all part of the same family.
We call our homes by different names—
and focus on the boundaries that separate us.
Help us to see the world from your perspective—
remind us of the view we have seen from space—
with divisions only of land - sky - ocean.
Our thoughts are on the things that unite us.
Let us not focus on boundaries or divisions.
Help us rejoice in our diversity—
knowing that you have made each of us a unique creation.
Draw us closer to you.
Enfold us in your arms.
Grant us the peace of a family united in one goal—
the peaceable kingdom
Long prayed for,
Long hoped for.